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The Art of JAMA |

The Doctor Henri Vaquez (1860-1936), Cardiologist Édouard Vuillard

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2016;315(3):230-231. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.14060.
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Although he himself was said to shy away from society hubbub, the works of Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) are often centered around people. The subjects can appear in comfy home interiors or in workplace environs that occasionally extended to the health care arena. Irrespective of the milieu, his works were often replete with detail down to the stippling in a wallpaper pattern. The inviting rooms in his works were aglow with the radiance of the lives of those pictured therein and have a sense of familiarity that may put viewers in mind of their own social circles. In his scenes there is an abiding calmness, even in the setting of a sickroom.

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Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940), The Doctor Henri Vaquez (1860-1936), Cardiologist, 1921, French. Distemper on canvas. 142 × 132 cm. Courtesy of the Académie Nationale de Médecine (http://www.academie-medecine.fr/), Paris, France/Archives Charmet/Bridgeman Images, New York, New York. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York.



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